The Net Index website, which uses data from millions of recent test results from Speedtest.net, shows that the average download speed in South Africa is 4.03Mbps.
The top suburbs in the country, which is partly to thank for lifting the country’s average speed to over 4Mbps for the first time ever, are Midrand, Edenvale and Sandton.
The top 10 South African broadband suburbs, which all had an average broadband speed higher than the national average, are listed below.
- Midrand – 10.92Mbps
- Edenvale – 8.48Mbps
- Sandton – 7.00 Mbps
- Meyerton – 6.15Mbps
- Bryanston – 5.83Mbps
- Hermanus – 5.66Mbps
- Johannesburg – 4.63Mbps
- George – 4.36Mbps
- Benoni – 4.14Mbps
- Randburg – 4.09Mbps
What is of concern is that South Africa does not have a single suburb with an average broadband speed higher than the global average of 13.64Mbps.
The Net Index World City Ranking, listed below, further shows how far South Africa lags behind the top broadband destinations globally.
- Timisoara (Romania) – 82.10 Mbps
- Central District Hong Kong – 58.23 Mbps
- Vilnius (Lithuania) – 53.42 Mbps
- Paris (France) – 53.37 Mbps
- Kowloon (Hong Kong) – 47.81 Mbps
- Helsinki (Finland) – 43.18 Mbps
- Tokyo (Japan) – 41.99 Mbps
- Den Haag (Netherlands) – 40.56 Mbps
- Marseille (France) – 39.03 Mbps 10
- Bournemouth (United Kingdom) – 38.24 Mbps